Author: Jenn Lyons
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 2019
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel's son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family's ruthless power plays and political ambitions.
Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince is nothing like what the storybooks promised. The storybooks have lied about a lot of other things, too: dragons, demons, gods, prophecies, and how the hero always wins.
Then again, maybe he isn't the hero after all. For Kihrin is not destined to save the world.
He's destined to destroy it.
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons was an enjoyable fantasy adventure tale that held my attention from start to finish. I found Kihrin a relatable and interesting character, and I felt that the dual-timeline narrative worked well, letting us gradually see the events that led the present situation as it unfolded. This book has an epic scope, so I was grateful for the information on the Houses and the family tree in the end matter, as a couple of times I did refer to those pages to confirm my understanding of the character relationships. I have books two, three and four here ready to read, but I will be taking a slight pause before starting book two solely because I have a couple of reviewing commitments to meet first. However, I look forward to picking up the next book as soon as I get chance, as I am keen to see where the story will go next. This book gets a solid 4.5 stars from me.
I received this book as a free review copy from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.